The New York Times reports that Toyota Motors has recalled its brand new Prius vehicles due to a software glitch that can cause their hybrid system to stop working.
Toyota’s Voluntary Recall of its Priuses
- According to spokesperson Brian Lyons, 50% of the Priuses recalled are in Japan, 713,000 are in North America and 130,000 are in Europe.
- So far, no accidents linked to the defect have been reported.
- The defect in the cars’ software can cause the vehicles to stop working as part of their fail safe mode because of damage to the transistors.
- Vehicles may shut down while being operated, causing them to come to a complete stop on the road and increasing the risk of a collision.
- Owners should visit a Toyota dealership to have the problem fixed.
Toyota’s Legal Problems
- Toyota has been sued by many customers due to its mishandling of recalls in 2009 and 2010 and has been ordered to pay billions of dollars in lawsuit settlements.
- Toyota was also fined by the United States government.